La lionne, by Loius Hippolyte Garnier after Othon


Mezzotint, La Lionne after a painting by Othon. The engraving is by Louis Hippolyte Garnier. The dimensions are 37.5 x 31 for the image, the leaf is 54.5 x 40 cm. The print is in excellent condition. The print was issued on July 1, 1846 by Gambart, Junin et Comp.

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Origin of the La Lionne title.

A courtesan (from French: literally courtier) was a court lady, but the term soon got the meaning of mistress of a prince or high-ranking courtier, and by extension also of other persons from higher circles. In 19th-century France and during the Second Republic (1848-1852), the term was adopted for a distinguished demi-mondaine: a woman of light morals who moved into higher circles, and who, due to her civilized manners and elegance at the court was accepted. There were prostitutes for the lower classes, popularly called whore. For the higher classes, courtesans were also known as lionne, (lionesses). These often received a house and jewelry and were taken to an important dinner or banquet. If a woman no longer had a family and was not married, she could choose to become a courtesan, so that she could at least provide for her. Some external qualities were helpful, as well as some education and knowledge of politics.

Hippolyte-Louis Garnier Born 12 7 1802 in Paris, died 12 6 1855 in Paris.